Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Civil War Quiz in Fayetteville-- Part 2: Who Was Sarah Blalock?

A total of 15 contestants took the challenge.  After three rounds, five were eliminated.

The contest had two categories of contestants, above and below the age of 16.  David Bourhenne and Robert Byrd were the two finalists above 16.  T

hey were almost joined by a third participant, 12-year-old Meghan Croteau of Poquson, Virginia, a self-professed history buff and horse-lover who challenged the adults until the question "Who was Sarah Blalock?  (I would have missed this question as well.)  Turns out, Sarah Blalock was a Union sympathizer who dressed as a Confederate soldier to help her husband escape to the North.  (I'd never heard of her before.)

According to Wikipedia, Malinda Sarah Blalock is one of the best-known combatants of the war and originally dressed as a Confederate soldier to fight along side her husband in the Confederate Army, but later she and her husband went to the hills and mountains of western North Carolina and fought for the Union as a marauder.

I'll have to do more research on her in my Civil War blog "Saw the Elephant."

Some of the other questions:

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